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Statement On EU/EOM Report: Nepal's Election Observation

National Alliance for Human Rights and Social Justice Nepal (Human Rights Alliance) expresses its concern over the Election Observation Report and the Press Statement issued by the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU/EOM) on 20 March 2018.

The Election Commission of Nepal has out-rightly rejected the Report being against the National and International Election Observation Code of Conduct. The Election Commission has marked the Report being misleading and baseless. On the one hand, the EU/EOM's Report on its front page highlights, "The information and views set out in this report are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the European Union" on the other, it has disagreed the government's position on the report by issuing another statement on 22 March resulting confusion among the public on the agreements made by both parties.

Human Rights Alliance has its opinion on the report that some of the recommendations furnished by the report are against the spirit of the Constitution such as Article 18 on right to equality and Article 42 on right to Social Justice. Human Rights Alliance draws the attention of the concerned that the Observation Mission's statement has created confusion in respecting the principle of human rights for all while making recommendations indicating a particular community of Nepal.

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Seventh National Council of Human Rights Alliance and National Conference on Food Security Rights

Seventh National Council Meeting of Human Rights Alliance

February 15, 2018, Nepalgunj

National Alliance for Human Rights and Social Justice–Nepal (Human Rights Alliance) completed its Seventh National Council Meeting in Nepalgung on February 15, 2018. The meeting was collaboratively hosted by Province 5 and 6 committees. In the meeting, Central Committee Members and Secretariat Committee Members, Advisory Committee Members and other representatives from all seven provinces and district chapters were present. Additionally, National Conference of Human Rights Defenders was also organized on the occasion.

The meeting was chaired by Min Bahadur Shahi, Chairperson of Human Rights Alliance. The chief guest of the Council was Bijay Subba PhD. in-charge of Human Rights Alliance. In the program, members from Central Committee, members from district chapters, members of advisory committee and some observers were present.

In the meeting, proposed Bylaw amendment was endorsed. Along with this, presented Provincial Executive Committee Procedure 2074 also was in discussion.

Furthermore, plan of action was presented by each province representative concerning with immediate activities to be carried out for organizational and programmatic improvement of the Alliance at provincial and district levels.

The meeting passed all previous decisions that were decided by the secretariat meetings conducted after sixth Council Meeting. Annual Report prepared by Dr. Padma Prasad Khatiwada, General Secretary of Human Rights Alliance was passed by the meeting. Similarly, financial report was presented by Mr. Bidur Subedi, Vice-Chairperson of Human Rights Alliance, on behalf of Treasurer of the organization was also passed in the Council.

The Council meeting facilitated with congratulation note to Dr. Sarbha Raj Khada, former General Secretary and founder member of Human Rights Alliance and current Advisor for being elected as coordinator of FIAN International. The meeting acknowledged the elected person who were in central, province and district committee of Human Rights Alliance.

The meeting also expressed condolence and sympathy to the demised ones and families who have been directly or indirectly associated with the Alliance and discussing about the current issues concerned with human rights and social justice in the country.

 

National Summit of Human Rights Defenders

February 15, 2018, Nepalgunj

National Summit of Human Rights Defenders declared Nepalgunj Declaration concerning with Human Rights Defenders that will be contributing for human rights and social justice in the country. The chief guest Dr. Bijay Subba member of parliament of Nepal, remembered the past contribution of the alliance on human rights and social justice activities that have been initiated by the organization. He also shared future way of Human Rights Alliance for being more active and effective in human rights issues around the country through its district chapters.

Advisors of Human Rights Alliance Dr. SarvaRaj Khadka, Mrs Shanti Adhikari, Dr. Netra Timsina, Mrs. Sharmila Karki and Mr. Krishna Subedi wished the success.

 

National Conference on Food Right

February 15, 2018, Nepalgunj

Prior to the meeting, National Conference on Food Right was organized by FIAN Nepal with the support of Human Rights Alliance, RRN, Nepal National Dalit Social Welfare Organization (NNDSWO), Khadhya Adhikar Sanjal. In the conference, hundreds of participants from the country were participants. Experts presented presentations on the issue emphasizing food right as basic right that has to be ensured by the government and organizations working in this area. It was organized aiming to pressurize to the concerned stakeholders for being proactive regarding assurance to the rights. After the presentation discussion session conducted along with addressing the queries asked from the floor.

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Local Election and Human Right! Impartial and Transparent Environment, Basis for Casting Vote!

31 July, 2017 Bardibas, Mahottari, Nepal

National Alliance for Human Rights and Social Justice (Human Rights Alliance) Province 2 organized interaction program on “Local Election and Human Right! Impartial and Transparent Environment, Basis for Casting Vote!!” onJuly 31, 2017 at Bardibas, Mahottari, Province 2. The program was conducted aiming to explore issues related to the prospect of upcoming local election (on 18 September, 2017) in Province 2 with regard to human rights and related issues and also to discuss on human rights condition in Province 2.

In the program, representatives from HRA Executive Board Members, Central Committee Members, District Members, and participants from concerning districts were present. The program was chaired by Usha Pokhrel, Coordinator, Human Rights Alliance, Province 2. Chief Guests were Bijaya Subba, Central Member of UML and Min Bahadur Shahi, President, Human Rights Alliance. Other guests in the program were Samir Nepal, Dr. Padma Prasad Khatiwada, Bijaya Datta, Sarita Dhungana, Chandra Bahadur, Man Mohan, Sharada Thapa, Bin Bahadur, Nara Bahadur, Ram Biswakarma, Krishna Hari Ghimire, Saraswati Chaudhari, Santa Pariyar, Madhab Mandal, Saroj Yadav, Satya Narayan Yadav. Dr. Bijaya Datta, Central Member, Human Rights Alliance, presented a working paper, titled “Condition of Human Right in Tarai-Madesh”. The paper consisted status of province 2 based on data distributions on caste/ethnicity, language, HDI, population and status of human rights in the region.

Chief Guest, Bijaya Subba shared his concern of human rights in the region; where, numerous incidents of human rights violations have occurred. Most of the laws related to human rights and social justice are yet to be formulated though they have already been included in the constitution. Hence, he hoped all the people from marginalized communities and deprived backgrounds will be able to enjoy their basic rights as ensured by the constitution in coming days. And, he also insisted all the people to be cautious to ensure fair and transparent upcoming local election in Province 2. Similarly, Chief Guest, Min Shahi expressed human right movement has connection with political movement as both are carried out to ensure the basic rights to the people. And, in this course, Human Rights Alliance has been active since its establishment by leading it’s around 1800 networks at present. And, this program is also one of the milestones in campaigns for human right and social justice. Usha Pokhrel, chairperson of the program, acknowledged that programs like this conducted by Human Rights Alliance through the prospect of upcoming local election will play crucial role for ensuring fair and transparent election. And, the program was facilitated by Pramod Chaudhari, Human Rights Alliance Member Province 2.

Meanwhile, a brief sharing session was conducted consisting district representatives and central committee members of Human Rights Alliance regarding the status of the organizations progress in respective districts of Province 2. In the session, district representatives shared to the central committee members about their challenges and opportunities while working at the local level on human right and social justice being associated with Human Rights Alliance.

 

Parliamentarian-CSO Dialogue

August 8, 2017 Baneshwor, Kathmandu, Nepal

 

National Alliance for Human Rights and Social Justice (Human Rights Alliance) organized interaction program on “Parliamentarian-CSO Dialogue” on August 8, 2017 at ALFA House, New Baneshwor, Kathmandu.  This program was organized in the prospect of determining role of parliament members in policies drafting process, especially, regarding CSOs’ mobilization. The program aimed to make parliament members familiarize about challenges faced by CSOs due to the hurdles in existing acts, regulations and directives. Along with this, the program was intended to provide suggestions to the parliament members about expectations of CSOs’ representatives on the potential ideas or issues to be incorporated in upcoming laws to be formulated for mobilizing the CSOs.

 

This interaction program was organized with the collaboration of CWIN Nepal. Participants in the program were Parliament Members, Members Representing from CSOs of Nepal. Some notable guests in the program were Rabindra Adhikari, Chairperson, Development Committee; Member of Parliament; Shakti Bahadur Basnet, Member of Parliament, Former Minister of Home Affairs; Jeevan Bahadur Shahi, Member of Parliament; Former Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation; Hari Sharma, Executive Director, Alliance for Social Dialogue (ASD); President, Netra Timilsina, Former President, NGO Federation of Nepal, Coordinator of South Asia Alliance for Poverty Eradication (SAAPE); Sharmila Karki,  Immediate Past President, NGO Federation Nepal; Subodh Raj Pyakurel, Informal Sector Service Center (INSEC); Dr. Guari Shankar Lal Das, Former Commissioner of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). And, the program was facilitated by Min Bahadur Shahi, Chairperson, Human Rights Alliance and conducted by Dr. Padma Prasad Khatiwada, General Secretary, the Alliance.

 

During the interaction program, key note presentation was delivered by Hari Sharma, Executive Director, Alliance for Social Dialogue (ASD) on the topic emphasizing role of CSOs in changing scenario and need of supportive policies for mobilizing them in the future. Meanwhile, guests of the program, Rabindra Adhikari, Chairperson, Development Committee; Member of Parliament; Shakti Bahadur Basnet, Member of Parliament, Former Minister of Home Affairs; Jeevan Bahadur Shahi, Member of Parliament; Former Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation asserted in the necessity of CSOs in the future; hence, while making new policies space and participation will be ensured at each level.

 

Key Issues Raised in the Program:

  • Recognition of the past contribution of CSOs in political, socio-economic transformations in the country and their need in the future with the prospect of changed context of the country.
  • Current, shrinking space of CSOs due to imposed supervision and regulation by the concerned authorities.
  • Need of replacing existing outdated policies for mobilizing CSOs so that they could be made more effective in the future.
  • Guests from the parliament assured to CSOs for their meaningful participation in law making process and space to be provided in the future. So, they comforted CSOs not to be skeptical with the government.
  • Need of meaningful and effective coordination and partnership between CSOs and the government in the future for progress and prosperity of the country.

 

 

 

 

Conference on Civic-Political Dialogue on Nepal's Prosperity

2 - 3 June, 2016 Kathmandu, Nepal

About the Conference

Constitution of Nepal 2072 is the fruition of many decade long democratic movements and tussles of people of different walk of life, contributing their fullest at various levels directly and indirectly with mutual passion and patriotism for the common goal. Political foundation that aspires to and promotes principles of social justice and progressive thoughts can only conduit to institutionalize such a massive political achievement. Compact coordination among political bodies dedicated to promote human rights and social justice for the prosperous Nepal, for intense discourses to establish policy for social just society and a reputed political structure, leadership roles and responsibilities of political bodies and the processes to continue colossal social justice movements for socio-economic transformation of the youngest republican country.

Similarly, the concerns and issues identified at various district level human rights and social justice movements are essential in the policy formulation process. Continuous political dialogues and strong coordination among the apex political parties is very vital to help in bringing these issues and concerns up at the fore front of policy level, and in the formulation of policies and their implementations.

Thus realizing the essence of the discourse between the political party and the Alliance to help the country accelerate towards social and economical prosperity, this conference is the one of such an attempt of series of discourses.

Objectives:

-          To develop a Conceptual Guiding Documents and disseminate to citizen's forums and concerned bodies

-          To build understanding on various components of prosperous Nepal establishing the learning as Policy Knowledge Document

-          To congregate alternatives for policy actions with possible planning (immediate, mid and long terms)

Discourse themes

  1. Prosperity and Development
    1. Definition
    2. Components  - Social, Economic, Politics and Culture
    3. Natural resources
    4. Finance
    5. Trade
    6. Green Economy
    7. Environmental rights
    8. Climate change and Climate Justice
    9. Livelihoods
    10. Health (Open defecation free zones, its values and issues concerning social-economy)
  1. Zeo-Politics and Implementation of Constitution
    1. Historic Events, Political Constraints and Concerns over Stability
    2. Caste – Regional movements/agitation and their challenges
    3. Nationalism, Unity and Sovereignty
    4.   Blockade and its socio-economic implications
    5. International Laws, Policies, Treaties and Cooperation
  1. Sustainable Development and Social Justice
    1. Sustainable Development Goals and Importance for Nepal
    2. Prosperity and Equal development
    3. Issues raised by Social and Political movements: Opportunities and Challenges
    4. Development issues on Political and Social Action Guidelines
    5. Social Justice as Target, Democracy as process and human Rights as Guiding Principle




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